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Birthday Cakes and Coloring and flash sale: Mix it Up Challenge


Hi there everyone! Today I am back with a contribution to the current Ellen Hutson Mix it Up Challenge! This month, we are mixing it up with Concord & 9th! To play along, all you have to do is use any Concord & 9th AND any Essentials by Ellen products together on a project.

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I’ve had my eye on Concord & 9th for quite some time. I couldn’t put the product down when I received it! Take this cake image for instance! Holy cow! And thankfully, it has a coordinating die to go with it (I am so lazy and don’t enjoy fussy cutting if I can help it). Let’s take a close up look at the two cards I made for this challenge:


For the cake image, I stamped it onto some watercolored cardstock, spritzed on some Ken Oliver Color Burst and let the water meet the Color Burst and do its magic! The background was created by blending Squeezed Lemonade and Worn Lipstick distress inks together! To mix it up with the Essentials by Ellen line, I added some of the dots from the Bokeh Dots stamp set for the candle tops and the sentiment is from the Totally Awesome stamp set. And if you look closely, I added a little detail to the cake and some of the candle toppings using the Stardust Glitter pen.


Next up, is a more clean and simple design. I heat embossed this amazing woodgrain background from the Barnwood Background stamp set (this background stamp rocks my world) onto some Neenah Desert Storm cardstock. I heat embossed the cake image in white onto Julie’s Bristol paper  and did some watercoloring with the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again! These markers are amazeballs, but you’ve got to use the right paper with it or they just won’t blend well. Bristol paper is bombdiggity for these markers.


The sentiment is from the 12 Days Companion Greeting stamp set.. And again, I used the Stardust glitter pen to add some accents to the cake and along the edges of the sentiment panel. Squint your eyes and look closely because it’s there, lol!!!


I hope you’ll play along with the Mix It Up Challenge this month! A randomly selected participant will receive a $50 shopping spree to the store!


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  1. Shirley says:


  2. Love it, Laurel. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jennifer K says:

    Both your cards are gorgeous Laurel!

  4. BeverlyBL says:

    I do love that cake!

  5. Tara Prince says:

    So pretty!!

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